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SEMO student suffers fatal brain injuries in accident

Friends and family at Southeast Missouri State University are mourning the loss of a student who died after being injured in an accident recently. The nursing student and player on the school's soccer team was tragically struck by a pickup truck on Sept. 9. She suffered severe brain injuries from the collision and passed away at a St. Louis hospital about a week and a half later. The school canceled that weekend's soccer games.

She was traveling on her scooter when the accident occurred. A pickup truck driver has been charged with failure to yield and not wearing a seat belt. It is not known if further charges will be filed against the truck driver now that the victim has died from her injuries.

Traumatic brain injuries like this can debilitate a victim even if he or she is able to survive the incident that caused it. Brain injuries can cause different outcomes in a wide range of conditions and severity, which makes it very important that treatments continue depending on the changing symptoms that can sometimes occur.

In this case, because the victim succumbed to her brain injuries, the family has the right to pursue a wrongful death claim lawsuit. If the driver is criminally convicted for failure to yield to the victim, proof of that conviction may be offered as evidence in a related civil proceeding to establish liability. If the family is able to document that the driver was negligent in causing the fatal accident, the civil court may then consider damage claims in order to arrive at an appropriate monetary award to reimburse the family for the damages sustained.

Source: Southeast Missourian, "Southeast student in Sept. 9 scooter accident dies," Sept. 21, 2012

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